The fourth annual juried It Gets Better: The LGBTQ Community at Union College exhibition includes artwork by Julia Anthony, Nguyen Thi Thu Trang, and Frank Rapant. The format of this year’s exhibition includes an invitation for the viewer to participate by sharing their reflections of the work by these three artists.
As a potter, I focus on function. When challenged to produce a purely aesthetic piece, I turned to what I knew and created a sculpture inspired by function, though paradoxically nonfunctional. I began exploring the concept further, pairing activities and vessels to create a series of small contained scenes, fun little inversions of everyday activities.
Sophomore Nguyen Thi Thu Trang created the works included in this exhibition as an independent research project in Printmaking with Professor Sandra Wimer. Her goal was to bring awareness to issues surrounding people who were born intersex.
Growing up in Rhode Island I have always been surrounded by vast areas of open water and space and have been fascinated with how light, seasons and weather affect their appearance. I enjoy being out in these spaces and watching the change happen before my eyes.